ads135 (4883) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Better than most English English strongs. Alcoholic, nutty, with a nice balance. Malty at the beginning, with bitter hop ending. BREWMUSKCLES (2721) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2013
comes on like a nice Belgian with banana and clove then you get an infusion of malt and bitters like a powered American English ale. burnt orange and two staged body seems light at first and as i mentioned it is a busy brew. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Nice. Very malty. Nice on a snowy night. More hops came out as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium brown with a small, tan head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; hints of chocolate; light pine hops; raisin; toffee; brown sugar; a little dark fruit; cake; and a little booze. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was caramel malt, toffee, frown sugar, pine hops, citrus hops, brown cake, raisin, dark fruit, cherry, and hints of chocolate. The medium body was slightly syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish. jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and lightly roasted malts plus a weird hop note and some off notes. Flavor the same, weird. Average texture. No thank you. Silverbush85 (65) - - MAY 17, 2013
This is Dark! And if you consume a lot very quickly (chugging) you will lose a chromosome ! Bitter finish .. Not worth finishing !!
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b3shine (9027) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks decent; a cloudy brown with AMPLE off-white head and lively carbonation. Smells of dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Forgettable. onceblind (10125) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Dark murky nutty brown with a gigantic light cream head, even when poured gently. Smells like roasted caramel and earthiness along with a bitter grassy and leathery hop note. Flavor is kinda nutty and earthy with some boozy toasted caramel malt, light notes of chocolate, some leather, a little herbal and earthy hop flavor and semi-strong hop bitterness. Like a calm BIPA with less roast and less American hops. benpickens (527) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Surprisingly good! Pours dark with a medium head. Typical British Xmas ale aromas of fruitcake and port and cinnamon. Great palate with super crisp finish.
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12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $3.99/6-pack. Very good! Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a very dark red color with a thick head of tan foam. The nose smells of spiced bread, brown sugar, cherries, and apples. The flavor leans towards the sweet and spiced side, like you would expect from a holiday ale. The sweetness is balanced with abundant carbonation and light earthy bitterness. A little pine and vanilla come out as it warms. Nice brew.